Tottenham Agrees to Sell Bale for $134 Million: Soccer RoundupDan Baynes
The following is a roundup of soccer stories from U.K. newspapers, with clickable Internet links.
Bale Deal Agreed
Gareth Bale is free to join Real Madrid after Tottenham Hotspur agreed to the world-record 100 million-euro ($134 million) sale of the Wales winger, the Daily Telegraph reported.
The agreement involves a straight cash deal with no players moving to Spurs from the Spanish club and an official announcement may be made tomorrow, the newspaper added.
Bale is in Malaga and will travel to Madrid for a medical and to sign a six-year contract said to be worth 8.5 million pounds ($13.2 million) a year before tax, the Telegraph said.
Tottenham is preparing a 30 million-pound bid for Zenit St. Petersburg striker Hulk and has 26 million-pound deal in place to sign Roma forward Erik Lamela, the Daily Mirror reported.
Spurs also agreed on a fee of 7.5 million pounds with Steaua Bucharest for defender Vlad Chiriches, resurrecting a move that broke down earlier this month, the Mirror added.
New Cabaye Bid
Arsenal will this week raise its offer for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye to 17 million pounds after having a 10 million-pound bid rejected, the Daily Express reported.
If a deal for Cabaye cannot be completed, Arsenal may bid for Real Madrid’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil, who has been made available for about 38 million pounds, the Express added.
Mourinho Blames Moyes
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Wayne Rooney’s desire to leave Manchester United is David Moyes’s fault for suggesting the striker would be a second-choice player this season, the Guardian reported.
The Blues remain determined to sign Rooney even after having two bids rejected and will wait until after today’s Premier League match between the teams before making a third offer, the newspaper added.